Posted on February 22, 2018
In January, three members of the California Independent Redistricting Commission traveled to Michigan to share their stories and testimonials from drawing California’s election maps in 2011. Democrat Jeanne Raya, Republican Peter Yao and Independent Connie Malloy joined Voters Not Politicians’ supporters at three town halls across the state of Michigan and hosted a private Q&A session for volunteers.
Posted on February 18, 2018
In President George Washington’s farewell address, he said, “The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.”
On President’s Day, those words ring more true than ever — and with your support, we will fix Michigan’s broken redistricting process through a state constitutional amendment.
Posted on February 13, 2018
Tell your valentine that "it's time we draw the line!" Politicians in Michigan draw voting maps that directly benefit themselves, instead of putting the interests of voters or communities of Michigan first. Allowing politicians to draw their own districts is a conflict of interest. When politicians have the power to draw voting maps, they have the power to hand-pick their voters.
Share the love this Valentine's Day with some "gerrymandering" inspired Michigan valentines!
Posted on February 05, 2018
Can eleven cents create a fair, transparent, and responsive government?
The issue of government spending can be politically divisive. But Voters Not Politicians isn’t weighing in on that debate. The beauty of our non-partisan plan to reform gerrymandering, or partisan redistricting, in Michigan is that all of us will benefit from a more transparent redistricting process.
How? It’s simple: how our elections are decided determines how every single dime of taxpayer money is spent. If elections are determined before the first vote is even cast, and politicians don’t have to earn our votes, then those politicians are free to serve special interests and their campaign donors instead of we, the people.
Posted on January 17, 2018
The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is all about transparency. A 2015 study ranked Michigan dead last of all states in America when it comes to transparency laws. When we can’t oversee what our politicians are doing, or how much it’s costing us, the state is vulnerable to corruption.
This isn’t speculation: Michigan scored an F on our Corruption Risk Report Card from the State Integrity Investigation. To protect our state’s integrity, we want a transparent redistricting process all the way down to the process of picking the commissioners and publicly disclosing the variables used by the computer software that commissioners will use to draw maps.
We want to put voters in charge of making sure our voices are heard and that our elected officials represent cohesive districts that hold them accountable to their constituents. The process will be facilitated by – not influenced by – the Secretary of State. Here’s how.
Posted on January 07, 2018
In Michigan, when it comes to representative voter districts, the mitten does not fit. The guilty parties are politicians, lobbyists, special interest groups, and others who are in charge of keeping Michigan’s current process for drawing legislative district boundaries as is. They are guilty of manipulation for the sole purpose of maintaining political power with predetermined election outcomes.Read more...
Posted on July 14, 2017
The fairness of any idea to reform partisan voting maps comes down to how the maps themselves end up being drawn. A lot of federal rules and longstanding traditions go into any effort to draw Congressional maps, including the plan from Voters Not Politicians (VNP). The key difference: We want to take the manipulation done by politicians out of the process. VNP’s proposal returns the power over drawing voting maps to the voters, where it belongs.
What would maps look like if the voters approve VNP’s initiative at the ballot box in 2018? How will federal Congressional and state Senate and House maps look? Let’s get into the details.
Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission: Ensuring Maximum Transparency, Meaningful Public Participation, and Independent Decision-making
Posted on July 13, 2017
One of the biggest faults of the current redistricting process is the lack of transparency or public participation. The state government is legally allowed to draw maps behind closed doors without any requirement for public input or oversight. This closed-door process allows politicians the freedom to manipulate and rig voting maps to give them the advantage in elections over the next decade. This allows politicians to choose their voters, instead of voters being able to choose their politicians.
Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission: Why Is This Commission Necessary and Who Will Be on It?
Posted on July 12, 2017
Every ten years, after the completion of the United States Census, new state legislative and congressional districts are created to reflect the new census data. In Michigan, this has been done by the Legislature and the Governor. Voters Not Politicians Ballot Committee (VNP) is proposing to amend Michigan’s Constitution to change this. The VNP proposal would take the power of redistricting away from the partisan politicians in the Legislature and Governor, and transfer this power to an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Commission would consist of 13 registered Michigan voters who are randomly selected from people who apply. The Commission is designed so that all Michigan voters are represented, as fully as possible, in the process of drawing our districts. The final breakdown of the 13 members will consist of: four Republicans*, four Democrats*, and five independent members who affiliate with no party or a third-party.
Posted on July 10, 2017
As loyal Michiganders, we strive to be the best. We want the best economy. The best schools. The best future for our state and for our children. However, there are some things that we don’t want to be the best at (hint: gerrymandering is one of them). According to Bridge Magazine, Michigan is one of the best states in the nation at gerrymandering - and that isn’t something to be proud of.
Gerrymandering, or partisan redistricting, happens when politicians manipulate voting maps for their advantage. Rigging districts using advanced computer software allows politicians the ability to handpick their voters to give them the advantage to get re-elected in future elections. Gerrymandering leads to uncompetitive elections and politicians who pay more attention to their donors and lobbyists than their constituents.